Scouser Down South

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I know its been a while, since I last wrote a blog post, but I have a good reason ... I moved to London! Thats right, this little Scouse girl has moved down south to the capital. Its a very big change but its an adventure. 

Obviously its going to be different from living in Liverpool where I lived with my family and surrounded by my friends, but I have been here for 3 weeks now and I'm starting to settle in to my new home. I live in a student house with six other people, all lovely thankfully. 

The reason I made this huge move away from my life was because I had gotten a place at University to study my Master's degree in publishing. I have two weeks of uni already and I could not be more sure of my decision to come here. I love my course and everything I am learning about, because its everything I need for my career after I graduate. 

To say its a big change is an understatement. Yes although Liverpool is a busy city filled with life and people, it is small in comparison. London is practically the definition of a busy city, although I live in a quiet suburb near my university you still see the business of London in everyone's rushed gazes and pace. 

Living in another city, is always something that will take a while to get my head around, and this is definitely true about London, growing up I heard so many things about the Capital, that when I got here I felt the urge to get out there and see everything and take on everything head first. Which is what I'm going to do.

So London, are you ready for this Scouser down south ? 

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Getting My Plateful At Alma De Cuba

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 Hello everyone! Today I wanted to talk about a restaurant that i was recently invited to, to taste their menu; Alma De Cuba. Previous to the invitation I had never even heard of the restaurant, and boy was I missing out! I arrived to be greeted by the insanely lovely Sam from Sabre Beauty and was given a drink as I went in to greet the bloggers who had already arrived. It was so good to see my fellow bloggers, especially since it would one of the few times i wold see them until I moved.

After a few drinks and chatting to the girls and taking a few pictures together d of the venue, we were all escorted upstairs towards the dining area of the restaurant. I was in awe when I saw it. It was beautiful! I am quite in love with architecture and when I saw how the old church had been transformed into what is now Alma De Cuba I was blown away. It is absolutely stunning the way they have incorporated the alter and the pillars with the modern features of the restaurant and bar.

We were shown to our table, which had been set up for us beautifully, each place had our names written on them and a little shiny goodie bag waiting for us filled with sweets, and vouchers to use in the future. It was obvious that they wanted us to have a great time there. Once we had all looked through our goodie bags we ordered our drinks whilst we perused the menu. I chose from their Alma De Fresco non alcoholic menu and went for the Bora Bora, which was Coco Lopez,Watermelon juice, Pineapple juice and orange juice. It was glorious, it was incredibly tasty and really refreshing and proof that some of the best drinks don't need alcohol in them.

There was so much choice when it came to ordering food, we were spoilt for choice. I, on this occasion did not order a starter but a few of the girls did, one including the Sweet Potato and Chorizo croquettes, which looked and smelled incredible, it made me regret not ordering them. For my main course I decided to order the Chargrilled grain fed Argentinian rib eye of beef. Oh my goodness it was got to be one the best steaks I have ever had in my entire life! I would recommend everyone going just to taste that steak, you will not be disappointed. Once we had finished our mains came the chance to order dessert, by this point some of us were filled with the delicious food provided that they opted out, but as it is me, I never turn down dessert and so I ordered the Dulce De Leche and Colombian Cocoa Tart. It was so rich and sweet it was the perfect end to the meal, sorry for the no pictures I ate it too quickly before I realised. It was just too good!

Once we had finished our meals , we were given a quiz to fill in as part of the activities for the night, we instantly all become competitive which was hilarious, it was almost back at school trying to make sure no once copied our answered. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed, the lovely Sarah from Saloca in Wonderland won the prize.

I had such an incredible evening at Alma De Cuba, and the food was incredible, I could not recommended it highly enough, so if you're ever looking for someone new to try I would wholeheartedly say give Alma De Cuba a try. You will not be disappointed.


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Goodbye Liverpool

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Its finally here, the time I say goodbye to my hometown. To Liverpool. That in itself feels strange, because not only was I saying goodbye to the place but to everything I had become there, that's what makes it so hard to say goodbye.

I started saying my goodbyes over a month go, just to ease myself into it, and there a lot of them from friends, family, work colleagues and blogger friends. There were so many goodbyes that I knew it was going to be hard to leave. 

Me saying goodbye to Liverpool is more than just saying goodbye to a city and the people. Its saying goodbye to the memories I have there, Everything I am, is because of Liverpool. The memories I have, the friendships I've made, the person I grew up to be and become; all stems from that magnificent city and I couldn't imagine myself without that link to it.

Liverpool is my childhood, my teenage years and my new adult life when I was trying to figure things out. Its where I had my first kiss, first alcoholic drink, first heartbreak, so many memories are enveloped in that city that I know i will never properly say goodbye to it.

 Liverpool is a part of who I am. Its embedded in my heart and will be for the rest of my life, and even though I wont be living their anymore it will always be my home, my safe haven, the place I can always return to, and I know it will always welcome me back not just because my family and friends are there but because that's Liverpool. Once you're a part of it, it never lets you go. 

That's why its so heartbreaking to leave. 

And so ...

Goodbye Liverpool.



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English Rose - Fashion

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Hey everyone! After nearly three years of blogging, I have finally done a fashion post! I know, it is long overdue. Personally I have shied away form them as I don't view myself as fashionable so why write about something I know very little about. This post doesn't mean I am suddenly going to start calling my a fashion blogger, for the previous reason; I am in no way fashionable, however when I bought this dress I wanted to do a photoshoot with it, it was so beautiful and summery, it felt perfect. So I thankfully had the incredibly talented Heather as my photographer for this day, and she was amazing and made me feel so calm about everything, and for someone who doesn't feel at home in front of the camera that is amazing.

The theme I wanted to go for with this shoot was English Rose, as it matched the dress and the locations we found were incredible and matched it perfectly. So now without further ado, here are the shots from the day .

Dress - Primark
Shoes - New Look
Necklace -Argos











I had such an amazing time at this photo-shoot, and I have a few more in mind, so maybe in the future you will see some more fashion style posts from me. Please go and check out Heather's blog, she is an amazing photographer and blogger, and I am so thankful for her for helping me with this photo-shoot.

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North to South

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I am proudly a Northerner. Born and raised in Liverpool, in the North West of England. But something new is coming, a new adventure 
THIS NORTHERN GIRL IS MOVING DOWN SOUTH!
Yep you heard that right. This scouse girl is moving down south to London, Kingston upon Thames specifically to study for my Masters in Publishing. To be fair this is kind of old news and if you follow me on twitter you might have seen me mention it, and if we know each other in real life you've definitely heard me talk about it, in a mix of excited babble and anxious worries. 
But why the south? Whats wrong with the north?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the north. I adore the north and Liverpool so much an they will always be home and have a special place in my heart but unfortunately London has always been the place i have dreamed about living in since I was 16. Another reason from my reasoning to pick up my life and drop it somewhere new is that what I will be studying; Publishing, not many northern universities offer it to study and my university is in London. London being a glowing hub for publishing, it only seemed right to go down there and try to achieve what I have wanted since I left High School.
Obviously it is a big move and I am going to feel very out of my depths for a while. It will be the first time I will be properly moving out and away from my family and friends. This time it will be different to when I moved out for my first year of my undergraduate degree as I went to a university that was less than an hour away from my home so I saw my family and friends regularly and if I ever felt sick or missed someone I could be home within a hour. Now this is not the case, Ill be in a house share with people I dont know, Ill will most likely see my family around 5-7 times form a whole year which is bizarre and the same for friends, having to say goodbye is going to be sad as I will miss so many people, but I know I wont lose them. I just have to remember this my next adventure until the next one comes along.
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Trying Something New at Pho *

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I love trying new foods, when I get the chance, and when I heard about a new Vietnamese restaurant opening on Bold Street, I knew I had to check it out. So I made a booking, grabbed my friend and headed off to see what Pho had to offer. 

When we arrived we were greeted by the lovely Codie, who showed us over to our table and gave us a brief introduction to the world of Pho, as I had never tried Vietnamese food before. She left us to settle in and have a look at the menu. 
 
The menu was incredible, was something there for everyone, whether you had tried pho before or not, the drinks section was great too, it took a while for us to decide what we wanted due to the vast array of choices but we settled on a lemonade and a pineapple, apple and mint juice, and they both tasted delicious , we got through a few each they were that good.

After our drinks we were brought a plate of prawn crackers and sweet chilli sauce to nibble on whilst we decided what to eat. The prawn crackers did not last long. When it came to ordering the food, we knew we had to go all out because everything looked so delicious. For starters we had the seasoned  crispy chicken wings served with sriracha (Canh Ga) and Homemade pork and lemongrass meatballs with lettece and herbs to wrap and dips.







These starters were incredible as soon as we started eating them we knew we loved them. The meatballs were full of flavor, and then when wrapped in lettuce and dipped in the peanut sauce was incredible. The crispy chicken wings were something else, we both immediately fell in love with them from the bite, they were so good we were considering ordering another plate. i would definitely recommend them if you ever visit. You will not be disappointed.

When it came to the main course I knew I wanted to try Pho, but there was so much choice it took me a while to decide hat to go for, eventually I decided on the Chicken breast in chicken stock Pho (Pho Ga) and I opted to add pieces of steak to my bowl. (It was a good choice) My friend chose the Shredded chicken salad with Asian herbs, peppers and a chilli ginger dressing.



To say they not only looked but smelled amazing when they arrived would be a massive understatement. The salad was so colourful and it was matched by how vibrant the flavours were. The chicken and steak pho I ordered was a perfect introduction to Vietnamese Pho, and I was not disappointed, the broth was incredibly flavoured, the noodles were silky and the meat was cooked perfectly, it was real comfort food, and I could happily go back and order it again.

 Once we had finished our meals, our lovely server Codie came ove and talked to us all about how Pho came to be and the history around the food which was really interesting to hear how much history and culture goes into making food. When it came to ordering dessert we were more than happy to oblige. I am not one to miss out on dessert. We chose the Pandan pancake with roasted coconut served with ice cream (Banh La Dua) and the Chocolate truffle slab served with ice cream (Banh so-co-la Truffle).

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They were both incredibly delicious that we did genuinely want to ask for more, but we knew we wouldn't be able to move if we did that so one was enough. After our meal we were truly full from everything Pho had to offer, we ordered a couple more drinks and chatted before saying thank you and goodbye to the lovely staff who were amazing and looked after us really well. It is fair to say that I am fan of Pho now and would happily go back for a second round. If you want something new to try I highly recommend trying Pho, you will not be disappointed.



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Giveaway : Geekerella - Ashley Poston

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Hey Everyone! Today I will be telling you about Geekerella by Ashley Poston, and I am giving you fair warning now, I am a major fangirl over this novel , now you have been warned so dont freak out when I post my review next week, also if you keep reading till the end there is a Giveaway of a copy of the book and a limited edition candle. (It smells great!)

Displaying Geekerella_HoloFoil_300dpi.jpgGeek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
This book seems so perfectly written for anyone who has ever loved a series so much that it is almost there life, ie Buffy, Doctor Who, Star Trek or even Firefly. I even got the amazing Author Ashley Poston to talk about what it was like trying to create the TV Show that the plot revolves around, this is what she had to say.
Starfield: The Unimagined Frontier
By Ashley Poston

It is a not-so-secret fact that I love sci-fi. Be it Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, or don’t-you-dare-talk-about-leafs-on-the-wind Firefly, if it has space in it? I’m there faster than the Enterprise at warp speed. So, it only felt natural to put my favorite bits of everything I loved into Starfield.
At first, it was a daunting task. What did I want the universe of Starfield to look like? How did I want it to act? What did I want the show to mean to the theoretical fans who watched it? The last question I answered first—I wanted Starfield to mean that anything was possible. That there was no such thing as zero-odds. That cosmic dragons, no matter how big they seemed, could be defeated. I also wanted Starfield to be a critique on most sci-fi shows that are littered with white male leads (and admittedly, while I was crafting Starfield I was still raging over the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Kahn in Star Trek Into Darkness. Yes, I know it’s been years but no I will not make like Elsa and let it go). In the TV show Starfield, Prince Carmindor is played by an Indian-American, and that’s a big part of one of the main character’s draw to the fandom. I took the best of everything I loved about Star Trek—the command bridge, the Prime Directive, the show’s legacy on television—and combined it with what I loved about Firefly—the rogueishness, the witty banter—and the power play in Battlestar Galactica, along with the gun-slinging epic adventure of Mass Effect, one of my favorite video game series.
While crafting Starfield, I created episode summaries, character designs, mission statements. I crafted seasonal villains who are never mentioned in the book, designs for alien species and the complicated political nuances between them and the universe at large. The quotes found at the beginning of each section header are inspired from witty Mal one-liners in Firefly, and each episode title is a pun on a film title. Basically, I just went wild and had fun. I let myself imagine the kind of show that could draw two people together who could not be more different, and once I found out how to do that, the rest was easy.
And it helps, really, when your show’s biggest fans are the characters already in your head.
Now the fun bit, the Giveaway. With the release of Geekerella I will be giving away a copy of the book and a Limited edition candle (which smells amazing!) The giveaway will run until the 4th of April, the book's release date and I will contact the winner and pass their details onto the publisher who will send you the prizes. To Enter all you have to do is, follow me on twitter and like the giveaway tweet. Good Luck! 
My review of Geekerella will be posted next week so watch out for that.
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